Brian R. Jacobson

Brian R. Jacobson is a historian of film and modern visual culture. His research spans the history and theory of moving image media, the history and philosophy of technology, environmental history, and art and architectural history. He is the author of Studios Before the System: Architecture, Technology, and the Emergence of Cinematic Space (Columbia University Press, Film and Culture Series, 2015), a book that situates the world’s first film studios in the architectural and technological developments of urban industrial modernity and argues that cinema should be understood as a critical component of what historians of technology have termed the “human-built world.” Professor Jacobson’s research has been supported by numerous grants and fellowships, including a Fulbright Fellowship to France and several fellowships from the Social Science Research Council. He is currently working on a series of projects about industrial and corporate media, including French industrial and agricultural films and film festivals and a monograph that focuses on cinema’s longstanding role in the politics, industrial processes, and public perception of global energy.





University of Toronto


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